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Enspiral Org Academy

January 10-12th, Location in Europe TBC

An immersive 4-day practical training in decentralised organising, self-managing teams and distributed governance.




This January, 30 organisational hackers and innovators will gather for 4 days. Enspiral Org Academy is a unique training in future ways of working: ways that are more human, self-managing, non-hierarchical, agile and deliberately developmental.


Many of us know that “business as usual” in our organisations and workplaces is not sustainable anymore. We want to introduce new ways of working and learn to lead in a new paradigm way - but it’s difficult to find out how to do that.

Many have read the books - Reinventing Organisations by Fredric Laloux or Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan - but few have lived the experience. How do I build a team or company that is self-managing and non-hierarchical but doesn’t descend into chaos? How do I lead in a way that is more horizontal and less top-down?

Join us at this immersive training and retreat to learn new things, practice different patterns, meet fellow change-makers and change the way you work.

What we will cover

We’ve prepared a selection of facilitated training sessions to share what we’ve learned about some of the most difficult challenges of collaborative organisation:


protocols and practices for making quick, inclusive decisions, face-to-face and online


growing trust & psychological safety; effective communication & relational skills


shifting mindsets towards a new paradigm; designing orgs for wellbeing and development


identifying different group power dynamics to move beyond hidden hierarchies


distributing work; accountability practices; balancing alignment & autonomy


transparency; co-budgeting; and the psychology of financial collaboration

Daily Agenda

7:00 - 8:00 - Personal and shared morning practice (optional)

8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast

9:30 - 12:30 - Morning sessions

12:30 - 13:00 - Lunch

13:30 - 16:30 - Afternoon sessions

16:30 - 18:00 - Open space and coaching

18:00 - 19:00 - Dinner

20:00 - 21:30 - Free time or evening activity

What will you get out of it?

  • Lived, practical experience of non-hierarchical ways of working alongside experienced people who can help you on your specific challenges.

  • A toolkit of methodologies and practices to take back into your workplace.

  • Knowledge from research and case studies of other organisations experimenting with radical forms of management and work culture.

  • The key ingredients and patterns to start your own decentralised Enspiral-like network or community.

  • An intimate space where you will be supported to pause and reflect, but also encouraged to stretch yourself and learn.

  • A unique opportunity to hear from the many organisational experiments we’ve implemented at Enspiral; we’ll share the highs as well as the lows.

  • Deep new connections with brilliant inspiring people aligned in work and purpose!


We have a tiered pricing structure and scholarships available, please choose the pricing tier that is right for you.

Low income - €840
Standard ticket - €1090
Supporter - €1340

For scholarship places, we have a limited number of €500 spots. Please email phoebe@enspiral.com answering the following 3 questions to apply for a scholarship:

    1. Tell us about yourself and your journey up to this point.
    2. What is it that specifically interests you in Enspiral Org Academy?
    3. How do you plan to use what you learn in your context?

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When & Where?

Last Enspiral Org Academy, we stayed at the former monastery of Drongen Abbey, outside of Brussels. We will be finalising our location in Southern Europe over the next few weeks, so that you can begin to make travel plans accordingly.

You’ll arrive in the afternoon on Thursday January 16th, and finish after lunch on Sunday 19th.

Who is hosting the Academy?

You’ll be hosted by three Enspiral Members, each bringing years of lived experience in new ways of working. Below are the hosts from our September 2019 Academy. Hosts for January 2020 will be confirmed shortly.

Phoebe Tickell

Distributed governance nerd and organisational designer. Member at Enspiral, Coordination team at DGOV Foundation. She straddles the worlds of technology, organisations and people to design systems that self-organise.

She enjoys turning the theoretical into practice. She loves helping teams be bigger than the sum of their parts.She is a steward and trainer of the work Going Horizontal.

Richard D. Bartlett

Co-founder and Org Designer at The Hum. One of the co-founders of Loomio, a co-operative social enterprise building tools for collective decision-making. Co-author of Better Work Together and writer at RichDecibels.com.

He loves co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places.

Natalia Lombardo

Founder of the Tool Library. Co-owner of Loomio. Co-founder and Collaboration Coach at The Hum.

She helps groups to cultivate a collaborative culture through values-driven behavioral change. Her focus is the self in “self-organising": the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours each of us brings into any collective endeavour.

Ants Cabraal

A creative producer, writer and business owner who has helped many Enspiral initiatives start and grow since 2012. He serves as a director and advisor to several startups, and loves to get new ideas off the ground - including driving the creation of the Better Work Together book.

He's currently part of the Greater Than team.

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